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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was joined by Jon Bon Jovi as he signed into law a bill intended to help prevent drug overdose deaths.

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The Republican governor held the bill-signing ceremony Thursday at a drug rehabilitation center in the northern New Jersey city of Paterson.

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The new state law shields from prosecution overdose victims and others who might be in violation of the law when seeking medical help for them.

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Bon Jovi has a daughter in college who apparently overdosed on heroin last year in New York state. Charges against her and another student were dropped under that state's own good Samaritan overdose-reporting law.

Bon Jovi praised Christie and the Legislature for New Jersey's new law. The rocker says he expects it to save lives.